9 New Books We Recommend This Week | Modern Society of USA

9 New Books We Recommend This Week

9 New Books We Recommend This Week

THE AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, by Shoshana Zuboff. (PublicAffairs, $38.) This intensively researched, engaging book examines how tech behemoths like Facebook and Google gather personal data they can manipulate in unprecedented ways. Our critic Jennifer Szalai writes: “Absorbing Zuboff’s methodical determination, the way she pieces together sundry examples into this comprehensive work of scholarship and synthesis, requires patience, but the rewards are considerable — a heightened sense of awareness, and a deeper appreciation of what’s at stake.”

LATE IN THE DAY, by Tessa Hadley. (Harper/HarperCollins, $26.99.) In the British novelist’s brilliant and upsetting latest work, the bonds of love and loyalty are frayed when a woman and her married friends confront the sudden death of her husband, forcing them to re-evaluate the terms of their friendships. “Hadley manages to be old-fashioned and modernist and brilliantly postmodern all at once,” Rebecca Makkai writes in her review, “unlocking age-old mysteries in ways both revelatory and inevitable. We’ve seen this before, and we’ve never seen this before, and it’s spectacular.”

THE WATER CURE, by Sophie Mackintosh. (Doubleday, $25.95.) In this sumptuous yet sparsely written debut, three sisters — living off the grid with their abusive parents — are taught to fear men. There is a distinctly cultlike element to the family dynamics: It is increasingly clear to the reader that these young women have been raised to fit their patriarch’s ideal of what pure, fragile, privileged white womanhood should be. “At first glance ‘The Water Cure’ seems to be in conversation with Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ or 1970s feminist dystopias,” N. K. Jemisin writes, reviewing it. “Yet the unspoken interstices of the story, to which Mackintosh delicately draws the reader’s attention with haunting, oblique prose, emphasize just how much hogwash the parents are feeding their daughters.”

UNQUIET, by Linn Ullmann. Translated by Thilo Reinhard. (Norton, $25.95.) A novel that recaptures memories of the author’s life with her parents, Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman, portraying a family that was splintered from the start. Our reviewer, A. O. Scott, identifies a “rueful humor … typical of Ullmann’s prose, which is plain, succinct and declarative, with currents of intensity flowing beneath the placid surface. The effect, in Thilo Reinhard’s graceful English translation, is almost Didionesque, as the willed, witty detachment of the narrator’s voice at once conceals and emphasizes the rawness of her emotions.”

BLUFF CITY: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers, by Preston Lauterbach. (Norton, $27.95.) Lauterbach’s vibrant study of Withers, a black photographer in Memphis who documented the civil rights era while also serving as an informant for the F.B.I., doubles as a love letter to Withers’s hometown. Christopher Bonanos’s review calls it “a loose, rangy history of the civil rights movement in Memphis, using Withers and his camera as the (literal) lens. … Lauterbach is justifiably sympathetic to his subject, noting that one has to be generous about judging the things a black man in the Jim Crow South did to get by.”

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